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Book Launch Invitation: Intimacies, Citizenship and Refugee Men
Tue. 7 February 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm AEDT
Dr Samuel Muchoki is delighted to invite you to the launch of his latest book "Intimacies, Citizenship and Refugee Men (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) "
About the book
This timely book moves beyond struggling, suffering and loss to argue that forced migration often provides opportunities for men to pursue new relationships and re-organise their intimate lives. It focuses on the lived experiences of masculinity, sexuality and pursuit of intimate relationships by men who have arrived in Australia as refugees from the Horn of Africa. The author shows that, even amidst the chaos of displacement, the difficulties of living in limbo whilst seeking asylum and the challenges of settlement, the desire for enjoyable and fulfilling intimate relations remains central to the everyday lives of refugee men. This novel work will appeal to service providers and policy makers, and to students and scholars of migration studies, citizenship, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
Chaired and introduced by:
Professor Gary Dowsett
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University
Dr Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts
Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Ms Alison Coelho
Acting Co-Executive Manager
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
"Daily, we hear the large stories about the refugee crisis enveloping the globe. Sometimes we learn about the detail of those refugee lives. Less often we hear about refugee men and their determination to rebuild personal lives and relationships in new countries. This book provides a rich and moving account that at last helps us understand those men’s stories.” (Professor Gary Dowsett, Deputy Director, Australia Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University, Australia).
“This is an excellent piece of academic and cultural research. The book highlights experiences of men from a refugee background in a new home and proposes solutions on how to best address important socio-cultural challenges following migration from a collective society to an individualistic one. This book is very useful to those in the refugee and migration sector, academics, researchers, students, and the general public". (Dr Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts, Commissioner, Victorian Multicultural Commission).
"Using theories of citizenship to examine the everyday intimate lives of men from the horn of Africa, this book provides a rare insight about how they negotiate masculinities and sexualities in forced migration and settlement contexts". (Dr Jay Marlowe, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, New Zealand).
About the author
Dr Samuel Muchoki works as a public health practitioner in the local government sector. He has won five international research awards in the areas of forced migration, gender and sexuality. A motivational key note speaker, Dr Muchoki holds a Doctorate degree in community health from La Trobe University. He publishes and presents on topical issues related to forced migration and settlement, and preventing violence against women.
- Free registration
- Book available for sale on the day. Alternatively, copies can be purchased by clicking here
- Book signing by the author